As per state and federal statutes, to receive special education services, students must meet eligibility criteria in one (or more) of the following areas of special education impairment, and be determined in need of special education services:
- Emotional Behavioral Disability
- Hearing Impairment (including deafness)
- Intellectual Disabilities (formerly referred to as “Cognitive Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Significant Developmental Delay
- Speech & Language Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
Additional information on each of these disabilities and the criteria for eligibility information can be found on the WI Department of Special Education website: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/program
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team will be established to evaluate students to determine eligibility for services. Once it is determined that the student is eligible for services, the IEP team will develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to provide services designed to meet individual needs. Parent/s and guardians are an integral part of the IEP Team. Careful consideration is given to include their input and concerns about the student's education. Parents and guardians will be given written notice of all IEP meetings and will need to give consent for evaluations and services.
Special educators work in collaboration with general educators and other professionals may be involved in programming for special education students. An Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Counselor, School Nurse School Psychologist, and/or Speech/Language Pathologist may be involved as a related service. Related services are provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.
Special education referrals within the Hustisford School District will be processed through the building consultation teams (a.k.a. Student Intervention Teams – SIT) to ensure school district exhaustion of regular education interventions, prior to a special education referral (may not apply to speech & language only, Birth-3, & private school referrals).
DPI recognized outside agency personnel, or parent initiated requests for special education referrals will be routed to the school district special education referral evaluation team case manager (i.e. school psychologist / speech & language pathologist for speech & language referrals only) for discussion to consider routing the student through the SIT process prior to initiation of a special education referral. Should the outside agency representative or parent reject consideration for use of SIT process first, the school district will process the special education referral consistent with WI DPI statutory requirements.